Run Prestwood celebrates its 30 year milestone
Unseasonably hot conditions did not deter almost 250 runners from taking part in the Chilterns MS Centre’s annual road race, Run Prestwood. Runners and supporters came together in the Buckinghamshire village on Sunday 14 May to celebrate a landmark 30 years of the event.
Run Prestwood was first staged in 1993 and has grown to attract hundreds of runners each year. This year’s family-friendly race catered to runners of all abilities who ran in a trio of events – a 10k race, a 5k fun run and a 2k children’s race.
“It’s an amazing privilege for us to be here for the 30th anniversary of Run Prestwood,” said Danielle Medd, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at the Chilterns MS Centre. “It’s such a special landmark and a great opportunity to celebrate the determination and generosity of this year’s runners and everyone else who has taken part over the last 30 years. We are so grateful for their support.”
The women’s 10k race was won by Laura Turnbull of On The Run Running Club in Aylesbury with a time of 42m 8s, and the men’s 10k race was won by Adam Shute of Chiltern Harriers Athletic Club with a time of 35m 40s. The top three were each presented their trophies by Jeremy Swan of Jeremy Swan Estate Agents, the race sponsor.
“I’m a bit of a lapsed runner but Run Prestwood has really inspired me to get back into it again,” said Jeremy Swan. “Running is so beneficial to our health but it’s great that we can also use that energy to support our local community and charities like the Chilterns MS Centre. It was such a lovely family day with people just enjoying themselves. It was a pleasure to support it, I plan to do the same next year and would encourage everyone to take part.”
All funds raised from this year’s event will go directly to the Chilterns MS Centre and will be used to provide life-changing services for people with neurological conditions. So far, the event has raised £6,600.
The charity would like to acknowledge the support of its sponsors, without which the event could not take place. Special thanks go to Jeremy Swan Estate Agent for sponsoring the event, Prestwood Gym and Fitness Centre and Prestwood Football Club for hosting the event; and to the students at Bucks New University who provided some very much appreciated pre- and post-race massages. We are also grateful to Tesco in Amersham and Co-op in Prestwood for the goody bags and Prestwood Stores for the water.
Thank you also to the Rotary Club of Great Missenden and District for its annual commitment to providing much-needed teams of marshals and volunteers to guide runners and ensure their safety throughout the morning.
Check out our image gallery to see pictures of our amazing runners.
Visit our race page to see a full list of finishers and times from the 10k race.
If you feel inspired by our runners and want to take part next year then pre-register for Run Prestwood 2024.